International Fresh Produce Association Announces Inaugural Retail Conference; Joe Watson and Shawn Peery Discuss
NEWARK, DE & WASHINGTON, DC - Using its prowess to boost both the supply- and buy-sides, the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) announced its inaugural Retail Conference will be held June 9–10 at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, Illinois. At the exciting industry event, retailers and their supply chain partners will be able to gather and discuss insights and solutions to tap into the latest trends, marketing strategies, and technology.
“We are thrilled to have the retail community coming together in person. This is a people-to-people business. We’ve managed through the pandemic, but learning and connecting in person takes that to another level,” said IFPA’s Retail Lead, Joe Watson. “We are grateful to our presenting sponsors, Avocados from Mexico and Procurant, that make it possible for the supply chain to come together, including the usual multi-region, multinational chains as well as regional retail banners like Schnucks, Longo’s, Gelson’s, Trig’s, and Food Lion.”
The conference will feature learning sessions, networking opportunities, and a golf tournament to bring retail industry members together, a press release explained.
This year’s keynote speakers will be Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics and Watson. These leaders will address consumer and industry trends, followed by a retail reaction panel.
Other sessions include:
- Strategies to combat the pressure on unit and volume sales
- How to satisfy the impatient shopper
- The original plant-based diet—produce
- Operational opportunities to overcome pressured profit margins
- Innovative, non-store-based models directly selling fresh fruit and vegetables to consumers
- Sustainability and social responsibility
“When buyers and sellers get together, business happens. The produce community—from seed to store—will gather to learn about and address industry and consumer trends, build relationships, and enjoy networking opportunities, including golf,” said Shawn Peery, Vice President of Produce for Albertsons Companies. “I’ll be there, along with many other retailers, to take advantage of this conference, so I can grow my business and satisfy my shoppers. Events like this allow us to learn, share, and strengthen relationships.”
Registration for both the golf tournament and conference is open, so click here to reserve your spot.
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